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The monster is not always who you expect it to be... a reimagining of the Raja Bersiong legend; a coming-of-age story of an angst-ridden young man turning into a vampire, while confronted with a chilling murder-mystery. Raja Perita Deria is a carefree and arrogant seventeen-year-old; and his story begins with a seemingly ordinary night out with his close friends. However, The monster is not always who you expect it to be... a reimagining of the Raja Bersiong legend; a coming-of-age story of an angst-ridden young man turning into a vampire, while confronted with a chilling murder-mystery. Raja Perita Deria is a carefree and arrogant seventeen-year-old; and his story begins with a seemingly ordinary night out with his close friends. However, a chance encounter with a bewitchingly beautiful woman in an abandoned temple, almost ends his life and changes him irrevocably. After an incident involving the cook and a dish of bayam tainted with blood, he discovers that he needs blood to heal and for sustenance. As heir to the throne of Langkasuka, the prince is also caught in the larger political struggle surrounding the kingdom which is being watched by the two powers of 12th Century Southeast Asia – the Sri Vijaya Empire and the Khmer Empire. Sri Vijaya courts Langkasuka by offering the prince, the hand of a Sri Vijayan princess, while the Khmer Empire seems curiously aloof. To everyone’s surprise, Raja Perita is drawn to the princess, and agrees to marry her. However, a spate of violent deaths in the palace of Langkasuka point towards the prince and his close friends and Raja Perita is slowly driven to breaking point. When the most powerful shaman in the kingdom is murdered while attempting to commune with the Rice Spirit, the countryside is in an uproar. Her death sets off a witch hunt for a killer who could be a vampire… Could it be one of the prince’s beloved friends, or perhaps Raja Perita himself?


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The monster is not always who you expect it to be... a reimagining of the Raja Bersiong legend; a coming-of-age story of an angst-ridden young man turning into a vampire, while confronted with a chilling murder-mystery. Raja Perita Deria is a carefree and arrogant seventeen-year-old; and his story begins with a seemingly ordinary night out with his close friends. However, The monster is not always who you expect it to be... a reimagining of the Raja Bersiong legend; a coming-of-age story of an angst-ridden young man turning into a vampire, while confronted with a chilling murder-mystery. Raja Perita Deria is a carefree and arrogant seventeen-year-old; and his story begins with a seemingly ordinary night out with his close friends. However, a chance encounter with a bewitchingly beautiful woman in an abandoned temple, almost ends his life and changes him irrevocably. After an incident involving the cook and a dish of bayam tainted with blood, he discovers that he needs blood to heal and for sustenance. As heir to the throne of Langkasuka, the prince is also caught in the larger political struggle surrounding the kingdom which is being watched by the two powers of 12th Century Southeast Asia – the Sri Vijaya Empire and the Khmer Empire. Sri Vijaya courts Langkasuka by offering the prince, the hand of a Sri Vijayan princess, while the Khmer Empire seems curiously aloof. To everyone’s surprise, Raja Perita is drawn to the princess, and agrees to marry her. However, a spate of violent deaths in the palace of Langkasuka point towards the prince and his close friends and Raja Perita is slowly driven to breaking point. When the most powerful shaman in the kingdom is murdered while attempting to commune with the Rice Spirit, the countryside is in an uproar. Her death sets off a witch hunt for a killer who could be a vampire… Could it be one of the prince’s beloved friends, or perhaps Raja Perita himself?

40 review for The Blood Prince of Langkasuka

  1. 5 out of 5

    Khai Jian (KJ)

    Thanks to Times Reads for sending this review copy to me! The Blood Prince of Langkasuka is a retelling of the story of Raja Bersiong, a popular Malaysian historical myth though I am not exposed to it until I read this book. In essence, the story revolves around the Prince's (Raja Perita Deria) encounter with a "pontianak" (a mythological creature in Malay folklore which is comparable to a vampire in Western mythology) or a "vetal" (a creature in Hindu mythology which is also comparable to a vam Thanks to Times Reads for sending this review copy to me! The Blood Prince of Langkasuka is a retelling of the story of Raja Bersiong, a popular Malaysian historical myth though I am not exposed to it until I read this book. In essence, the story revolves around the Prince's (Raja Perita Deria) encounter with a "pontianak" (a mythological creature in Malay folklore which is comparable to a vampire in Western mythology) or a "vetal" (a creature in Hindu mythology which is also comparable to a vampire) and the aftermath of such encounter. What I love about this book is that it is so full of Malay and Hindu folklore. I would categorize this under the fantasy genre albeit from the Malaysian mythology perspective. There are a lot of references to Malay/Hindu culture, superstitions, and beliefs. There are mentions of the rice spirit, "yakshi" (a female earth spirit from the Hindu folklore), the "orang laut" (the Malay term for sea people), and the practice of blood sacrifice. The incorporation of such elements into this story definitely made it more interesting and it is an eye-opening experience to me even as a Malaysian as I am not familiar with the Malay or Hindu myths. The author is also able to recreate the 12th-century atmosphere with the description of the architecture, the landscape of the kingdoms, the cultural practice of the society as well as the different ethnic groups which existed during that time. With the addition of the murder mystery element into this story, it becomes more intriguing. What I thought is lacking in this story is the complexity of the plot and characterization. This is just a personal preference as I enjoy reading stories with solid and complex characterization. The relationship between the characters, the character arc, and their internal struggles could be examined in greater detail and if this is done, this would definitely be a strong read. This is currently a 3.5/5 star rating. I would still recommend this to readers who are interested in retellings of folklore or mythologies.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Jusoh

    I enjoyed reading this soooo much. It is thinner than I expected. Nonetheless, the universe in the book is fascinating. I know that it is inspired by the lore of Raja Bersiong. For me, I deem it a historical fantasy. I took only a few hours to finish it. The plot is easy to follow and the descriptive language is excellent. . The story has a very fairytale feel to it. Our hero, Raja Perita is a young rebellious prince who loves to have fun. One day, he was attacked by a creature on his way back to I enjoyed reading this soooo much. It is thinner than I expected. Nonetheless, the universe in the book is fascinating. I know that it is inspired by the lore of Raja Bersiong. For me, I deem it a historical fantasy. I took only a few hours to finish it. The plot is easy to follow and the descriptive language is excellent. . The story has a very fairytale feel to it. Our hero, Raja Perita is a young rebellious prince who loves to have fun. One day, he was attacked by a creature on his way back to the palace. The curse made him crave for blood. He has loyal friends and a devoted mother who help him throughout his recovery. At the same time, a series of murders in his kingdom caused great unease. The supporting characters are abundant - the palace advisors, cook, handmaidens and foreign dignitaries. The plot moves quite fast and there is no dull moment at all. . 4/5. Highly recommended if you love fantasy and mystery. Still, I sort of wished for the book to be longer. I'd love to read more on the lores and legends around us.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    As a child I would devour all the folk tales and fairy stories I could find. I read all the stories I could find, many of them stories from European, Greek, Norse or British traditions. How pleased I would have been to have found a book that featured my country and my peoples, and how lucky the young of today are to have this wonderful story in their lives! The Blood Prince of Langkasuka not only draws together many of the folk legends of Malaysia, but also grounds it in some of the ancient hist As a child I would devour all the folk tales and fairy stories I could find. I read all the stories I could find, many of them stories from European, Greek, Norse or British traditions. How pleased I would have been to have found a book that featured my country and my peoples, and how lucky the young of today are to have this wonderful story in their lives! The Blood Prince of Langkasuka not only draws together many of the folk legends of Malaysia, but also grounds it in some of the ancient history of the land. It plays an important role in reflecting the cultural and political history of this country that is sorely lacking in the limited story schoolchildren are given of the past. Read this fascinating story, then listen in to an interview with the author where she shares interesting nuggets about the way this story came to be on this Two Book Nerds Talking podcast: https://bit.ly/3unzfIk

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sizarifalina

    The story is based on the Legend : Raja Bersiong (King of Fangs) The book is about the author’s version of Raja Bersiong (Raja Pelita Deria) who accidentally ate some blood in his food and later he had to consume blood to stay alive. Then people started to go missing. The Blood Prince of Langkasuka is a combination of a few Malay and Indian legends ( Pontianak , Orang Bunian , Yakshi, Vetal...etc) I learned a lot about the legends. It really made me want to learn more about other legends in Malay The story is based on the Legend : Raja Bersiong (King of Fangs) The book is about the author’s version of Raja Bersiong (Raja Pelita Deria) who accidentally ate some blood in his food and later he had to consume blood to stay alive. Then people started to go missing. The Blood Prince of Langkasuka is a combination of a few Malay and Indian legends ( Pontianak , Orang Bunian , Yakshi, Vetal...etc) I learned a lot about the legends. It really made me want to learn more about other legends in Malaysia. Cultures. From the book I get to read how TeaHouses were the place to relax and hang out. How the cook and others in palace respected the Royals. When important individuals visited the Royals, there would be a dance performance. Before one enters a jungle, one needs to ask permission from the Penunggu Rimba. Till today, anyone who wants to enter a jungle they need to do so too. I like it that the author used the original Bahasa Melayu (BM) words in this book. This makes the book very special. Only readers who knows BM will be able to understand how the words were used and why is it is not translated .For example , “I sensed that this place is keras...” Raja Pelita Deria is a very interesting individual. The author wrote on how he learned about his heritage, how he fell in love ( falling in love back then is definitely different that it is now! ) and also about his relationships with his mother (She is very protective ) , friends and people in his palace. He also accepted his fate straight away. The book is actually very short but it took me awhile to finish it. Why? Simply because I did not want to finish it too fast. I wanted to slowly read it and enjoy the book. Which I did and I would definitely reread it. Wishful Thinking : 1. How I wish that my History Books used in my history classes during my school days were written this way - Historical Fiction maybe? So that I would not be so sleepy reading when I read history text books! 2. I really hope that the author would write more books about the other legends and folklores in Malaysia. Congratulations Tutu Dutta. I am looking forward for your future books.

  5. 5 out of 5

    legenbooksdary

    The Blood Prince of Langkasuka is a retelling of the legend Raja Bersiong with a twist. It is such an intriguing and fast paced story centered around the crown prince and heir to the throne of Langkasuka, Raja Perita and through his journey of fleeing from a curse, discovering who he really is and figuring out who he can and can't trust. I honestly am not so familiar with this tale but I was hooked right from the very first page. Its just so Malaysian and very beautifully written that I am just s The Blood Prince of Langkasuka is a retelling of the legend Raja Bersiong with a twist. It is such an intriguing and fast paced story centered around the crown prince and heir to the throne of Langkasuka, Raja Perita and through his journey of fleeing from a curse, discovering who he really is and figuring out who he can and can't trust. I honestly am not so familiar with this tale but I was hooked right from the very first page. Its just so Malaysian and very beautifully written that I am just so captivated most of the time. I wish this story could be a bit longer and there was more to it because I just need to more set in this lyrical world building. It has mystery, folklore, royalty and I just really love it. The flow of the story is really smooth. I think everything was explained well. From the suspense of what's happening to the prince, the curse, the murders and how it was all wrapped up. It's an easy read and not so complicated which is exactly what I needed. This is definitely a read-in-one-sitting kind of book. It's very easy to follow as a fantasy book but still so interesting. I think it was really well plotted and it just have everything I could hope for and I hope more people would pick up this book. Trust me, this is a book that everyone should pick up and read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    HoneyAhmad

    I’d say abt 3.5 for me. Mainly because just as you r getting into it, the story ends. It’s a good primer for people who are not huge fantasy readers and the prose is easy and flows well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sher

    SOUTHEAST ASIAN VAMPIRE STORY AHHHHH

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    Finished this book the other day and I really enjoyed reading it as it was an easy read and quite fast-paced. The book may be short but it is packed with actions and events that aren’t overwhelming and it feels perfectly proportional to the length of the book. The writing style is lyrical and I like how each sentence transition perfectly into the next. This book perfectly captures how the livelihood of ancient kingdoms went about in their daily activities. The character development especially in Finished this book the other day and I really enjoyed reading it as it was an easy read and quite fast-paced. The book may be short but it is packed with actions and events that aren’t overwhelming and it feels perfectly proportional to the length of the book. The writing style is lyrical and I like how each sentence transition perfectly into the next. This book perfectly captures how the livelihood of ancient kingdoms went about in their daily activities. The character development especially in the main character is something I truly enjoyed seeing cause we love it when a character flourishes and change for the better. Significant events in the books are well described that it gives the readers a clear direction of where the book was heading and a backstory of how certain events came to be. Reading this book reminds me of the hikayats that I’ve read when I was younger which I found fascinating and enjoyed a lot. I’ve always had a fondness for historical fiction books and this is no exception. If it wasn’t because of this book, I wouldn’t even know about the Langkasuka Kingdom which is part of Peninsular Malaya history. If you guys enjoyed reading about the story of Parameswara, I feel you would enjoy this underrated book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    L.

    The monster is not always who you expect it to be. A reimagining of an ancient legend; a coming-of-age story of an angst-ridden young man turning into a vampire, while confronted with a chilling murder-mystery. After an incident involving the cook and a dish of bayam tainted with blood, he discovers that he needs blood to heal and for sustenance. As heir to the throne of Langkasuka, the prince is also caught in the larger political struggle surrounding the kingdom which is being watched by the two The monster is not always who you expect it to be. A reimagining of an ancient legend; a coming-of-age story of an angst-ridden young man turning into a vampire, while confronted with a chilling murder-mystery. After an incident involving the cook and a dish of bayam tainted with blood, he discovers that he needs blood to heal and for sustenance. As heir to the throne of Langkasuka, the prince is also caught in the larger political struggle surrounding the kingdom which is being watched by the two powers of 12th Century Southeast Asia – the Sri Vijaya Empire and the Khmer Empire. However, a spate of violent deaths in the palace of Langkasuka point towards the prince and his close friends and Raja Perita is slowly driven to breaking point. When the most powerful shaman in the kingdom is murdered while attempting to commune with the Rice Spirit, the countryside is in an uproar. Her death sets off a witch hunt for a killer who could be a vampire. Could it be one of the prince’s beloved friends, or perhaps Raja Perita himself? -- The Blood Prince Of Langkasuka is a reimagined of a classic story from an ancient times. The retelling of Raja Bersiong was being told in a very detailed and précised way as possible in this book. Not only the author will connect you with many other dots that was left untouched whenever people wanted more from this story, you will also be able to understand the whole “reasons and whys” subjects that’ll resulted the whole story, sounded much more sense. If you have read or heard the famous story about Raja Bersiong somewhere else before this, then you might have lots of questions about the origin of the story, more in-depth elaboration about the whole tale, then this book might just be for you. I mean, I only heard about this story while growing up, but I have never watch any related videos/movies regarding this tale. But I can say that this book managed to keep me on my toes. As each chapter was a page turner indeed. Suspense, mystery and occult all together. -- This book covers it all. Well, at least in a “retelling” kind of way. Because it could be anything else besides what has been told. Right? From the timeline, the before story, the after story, the plots, the story building, the people and the overall guide of an ancient Kingdom of Langkasuka. As we all know, the Malay Archipelago was once a great country of vast and noble Kingdom. An old word called it Langkasuka, but we knew it as Kedah Tua. As related as it seems, the author tried to reimagining the event occurred hundred of years passed. I’m a fantasy, folklore, mystical and mythical hunter. Thus this book got my attention straightaway. -- This book might differ a bit from what the original stories was set about or based on what we’re being told, but the original content were there and the core elements were presence in the book. Etc; the blood, the gulai bayam, the siong. A few other plots were added and few famous yet familiar names were added as well, like Puteri Buluh Betung, Raja Merong Mahawangsa, Kingdom of Khmer and Srivijaya. Like I said, many parts were improvised to make this book sounded more surreal, sensible while still retaining the initial story of the famous local Vampire. I would only love it if we will get an in-depth story and strong reasoning for why the main villain acted like how he did as for me it seems like it lacked some kind of firm background story to it. I won’t say it was random, but it sounded like it was “escalating quickly” kind of plots. Moreover, I think this book will be a great opportunity if the author would explain, elaborate and expand more about the history of Mount Jerai. It was not just a mountain, but it served also as an ancient monument, a guide to sailors, a checkpoint for travelers and many other legendary stories and events that circles around the Great Mount Jerai. The proud of the North. Nevertheless, The Blood Prince Of Langkasuka got a total of 4/5 stars and as I’m liking this book so much, I really recommend this book for those folklores and mythical lovers out there! -- Thank you Times Reads for sending me this early Review Copy in exchange for an honest and transparent review. This book will be available in all bookstores starting from February 1st 2021! p/s : The monster is not always who you expect it to be…

  10. 4 out of 5

    Khayma

    When I was a teenager, I remember coming across the story of The Raja Bersiong. The unfortunate prince who had accidentally tasted human blood in his food and craved for it thereafter. His appetite for blood was unsatiable and he was finally banished from his own kingdom. The Blood Prince of Langkasuka revolves around the story of The Raja Bersiong, but delves deep into why he becomes dependent on human blood for his sustenence. The author has brought life to this ancient folklore that has been When I was a teenager, I remember coming across the story of The Raja Bersiong. The unfortunate prince who had accidentally tasted human blood in his food and craved for it thereafter. His appetite for blood was unsatiable and he was finally banished from his own kingdom. The Blood Prince of Langkasuka revolves around the story of The Raja Bersiong, but delves deep into why he becomes dependent on human blood for his sustenence. The author has brought life to this ancient folklore that has been in our history, but never really tapped into. The ancient kingdom of Langkasuka had its traces back to the land of Bharat, that is now known as  India. The authors writing shows that there has been adequete research done about the legends and folklores from India and how it reached the lands of Langkasuka. Besides this, the themes of friendship and loyalty as well as maternal love is strongly present in this book through its well defined characters. We hear the voice of Raja Perita who eventually becomes the Raja Bersiong and we can empathize with him, as he is caught in the webs of betrayal and curse by no choice of his own. We can see his character evolving from a pampered prince to a caring king. Nobody is perfect. Not even the king. The author develops each character well and her writing style is simple yet it can evoke intense emotions tbroughout the book. While reading some chapters, i actually felt like i was in the palace or the rice fields myself. The language used by the author in this book was authentic with vocabulary like gulai and vetal peppered through the book. These vocabulary cannot be replaced by English words as it would take the essence out. I won this book through a contest set by the author on social media and that makes this book all the more special ♡  Thank you Tutu Dutta

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shahridzuan Azali

    First up, thank you Times Reads for this review copy! I'm not much into descriptions but the author painted a vivid picture of the world around Langkasuka. From the royal culture to the intricate palace features, they all came to life. Imagine watching a documentary. Now imagine watching a thriller movie with such details. Get it? Usher in the protagonist. Raja Perita is introduced as an arrogant prince but behind that exterior, I sensed a demeanor that's very much human. Above all, I resonated wi First up, thank you Times Reads for this review copy! I'm not much into descriptions but the author painted a vivid picture of the world around Langkasuka. From the royal culture to the intricate palace features, they all came to life. Imagine watching a documentary. Now imagine watching a thriller movie with such details. Get it? Usher in the protagonist. Raja Perita is introduced as an arrogant prince but behind that exterior, I sensed a demeanor that's very much human. Above all, I resonated with his take on friendship, making him a very likeable character. This is a retelling of the Raja Bersiong legend and Tutu Dutta crafted it in a way that makes me want to try more folklores moving forward. Her details are extensive but not overloaded. Simple but not dull. This is an example of narration that works. The idea of a vampire prince is intriguing in itself. Coupled with the details I mentioned, this story is a good blend of thriller, drama and cultural elements. This is a great choice if you're into Asian literature/folklore. Love vampires? Go for it! If you like horror/thriller with a twist, this may be your pick but if you're looking for something thicker, you may want to really consider before picking this up.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    this cover is so pretty omg and vampires and princes and murder mystery?? sign me tf up

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jayson Ho

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nieda

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nswen Leona

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Singh

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rosh

  18. 5 out of 5

    Don Jaucian

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tutu Dutta-Yean

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lyzabeth

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nur Dini

  22. 4 out of 5

    Afifah Mohd

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dean

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

  27. 4 out of 5

    Xueting

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ina

  31. 5 out of 5

    Hanan

  32. 4 out of 5

    Aina

  33. 5 out of 5

    Mia

  34. 4 out of 5

    Stella

  35. 5 out of 5

    R

  36. 5 out of 5

    Lucius Lee

  37. 4 out of 5

    ieyra

  38. 5 out of 5

    Melancholic Blithe ⚡

  39. 5 out of 5

    Becky

  40. 4 out of 5

    Emma

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